Richard Wellborn Seeks Retention as Magistrate Judge

Doña Ana County Magistrate Judge Richard Wellborn will seek retention in this year’s election. Wellborn, a Democrat, has served as the Division IV Magistrate Judge since October 2013, when he was appointed to replace retired Judge Richard Silva.

Wellborn’s top priority remains judicial fairness. He plans to continue his current practice of running a professional, impartial and stable bench. Additional judicial priorities include reducing unnecessary jury duty, fostering professionalism and fair process, and improving safety and services in domestic violence cases.

“Without people willing to honor their duty of jury service, our justice system would grind to a halt. Courts must respect the sacrifices people make when they’re called in for jury duty and must use citizens’ time effectively,” said Wellborn. Since his appointment to the bench, he has been working with other judges and staff to improve court scheduling and management practices to more efficiently process cases, thus minimizing unnecessary burdens on jurors.

Wellborn, a lawyer for 19 years, brings extensive experience as both a prosecuting and defending attorney. “I am fortunate to have practiced in many different courts and learned from many different judges,” said Wellborn. “I’ve incorporated that knowledge and experience into my courtroom practices as a judge.”

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